A Small Sashiko Stitched Furoshiki: Beautiful Kasuri Cotton
mid twentieth century
27" x 25", 68.5 cm x 63.5 cm
This is a super charming folk textile: it is a small furoshiki which is a traditional Japanese wrapping or carrying cloth.
It is hand stitched from two panels of beautifully hand woven, indigo dyed kasuri cotton of wonderful design. On each of its four corners are sashiko stitched reinforcements.
On two opposing corners we see the stitching is done to resemble or suggest the chrysanthemum while the other two corners show a fragment of a stylized cherry blossom. Each of the four "tails" of sashiko stitching is still intact, which is a desirable detail for a sashiko stitched furoshiki.
Because this furoshiki was actually used during its lifetime, its center is slightly distended and therefore it does not lay completely flat: this is a characteristic of most well-used furoshiki.
A wonderful old folk textile: recommended.